Tag Archives: human rights

11.29.15

Justice for Kenyan Women Detained in Maternity Wards

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Poor maternal health services are common in Kenya due to a number of factors, including lack of supplies and equipment, inadequate training and supervision of health care workers, negligence, and unethical practices. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center), many women who seek such services at the country’s largest public maternity hospital, Pumwani Maternity Hospital, suffer […]

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11.18.15

O'Neill at IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights

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On November 2-4, Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute, and I participated in the IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights in Lima, Peru. The Conference takes place every two years, bringing together academics, judges and other judicial officers, legislators, activists and civil society representatives. This year, the Conference focused on the […]

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10.20.15

Trade liberalization for tobacco products doesn’t make sense: why the O’Neill is petitioning against U.S. tobacco product import subsidies

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I have previously written about the absurdity of treating tobacco like any other good in the market, specifically the inconsistencies between antitrust law and public health regulation. It’s concerning – and frightening – when economists and free trade advocates forget that, unlike any other commercial good, tobacco products harm and frequently kill those that use […]

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10.12.15

The unmet need for family planning, an unmet human right

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On October 9-11, the University of Washington School of Law hosted the Human Right to Family Planning Conference. It explored the relationship between the right to health and family planning – globally and locally, bringing together advocates, doctors, nurses, lawyers, public health professionals, pharmacists, politicians, academics and researchers, among others.

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08.20.15

Why I oppose Amnesty International’s sex work policy

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Last week, Amnesty International approved a policy to advocate for the decriminalization of the sex trade worldwide. Some countries such as Sweden, Iceland and Norway have adopted what is known as the Swedish or Nordic model, which makes buying sex, pimping or operating brothels illegal, while protecting women who sell sex. Amnesty’s position is to […]

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07.24.15

The Abortion Drone: An Innovative Use of Technology to Advance Women’s Health

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This post was co-authored by Rebecca Reingold and Sandra Majestic. Last month, sexual and reproductive rights activists found a new use for drone technology. The Dutch NGO Women on Waves, in collaboration with other women’s rights organizations, coordinated the first “Abortion Drone”. The unmanned aerial vehicle flew packets of abortion pills from the German town […]

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07.07.15

The Worst Global Sickness

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  A family survives, if barely, “by eating water lilies and grasses in the marshes.” Still, they are better off than former neighbors who have been burned alive in their huts. You can join the thousands trying to escape the worst of it, those soldiers who are burning their homes and shooting their children, but […]

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06.30.15

Glossip v. Gross: When it comes to the death penalty, the Supreme Court remains divided

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The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term yesterday, handing down a decision that upholds the use of a controversial drug for lethal injection in executions. In recent years, the limited availability of substances used in lethal injection protocols – due to changes in the domestic production of these substances as well as tighter regulations in […]

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05.28.15

International Day of Action for Women’s Health: Our Health, Our Lives, Our Rights

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Today is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. Since 1987, the campaign has provided advocates with a space to identify gaps in the area of women’s health and coordinate calls to action. The collaborative calls to action have focused on a range of topics, including access to quality health care, access to safe […]

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04.15.15

From JAMA Forum: Reforming the World Health Organization After Ebola

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This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and University Professor, Georgetown.  It was originally published by news@JAMA on April 14, 2015.  It is re-posted here with the permission of the author.  Any questions or comments can be directed to gostin@law.georgetown.edu. In September 2014, at the […]

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